Get excited for our 2014 keynote!

After months of planning, the conference is just around the corner – less than two months away! For this, we are excited to announce our explosive 2014 keynote speaker, Ms. Sonya Renee! She is an incredible talented poet, and will be performing on our own University Center Auditorium.

Performance Poet, Activist and transformational leader Sonya Renee Taylor is a National and International award winning writer and performer, published author, and global change maker. She has shared her work and activism across the US, New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands. She is the founder and CEO of The Body is Not An Apology, an international movement of radical self-love and body empowerment that reaches over 100,000 people weekly. Sonya has been seen, heard and read on HBO, BET, MTV, TV One, NPR, PBS, CNN, Oxygen Network, New York Magazine,,, Huffington Post, Vogue Australia,, Ms. Magazine and many more. She has shared stages with such luminaries as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Belafonte, Dr. Cornell West, Amiri Baraka and numerous others. Sonya continues to perform, speak and facilitate workshops globally. Visit her at www.sonya-renee.comor

This isn’t all we have in store, though! Stay tuned for more information about this year’s OUTstanding LGBTQ+ Conference, including another keynote, and a full day of engaging workshops.

If you’re as excited about seeing her as we are (and we know you are), be sure to register for the event here. The OUTstanding Conference will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 9AM to 5PM in the University Center at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. The event is free and open to the public; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Register Now!

Registration is live for OUTstanding 2014!!! Please click on the link above to save yourself a spot:)

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Don’t forget we are accepting proposals! Please click on the “Proposals” link above to get more information. Our theme this year is “LGBTQ+: Mind, Body, and Soul” so please keep that in mind:). Also please check out the website of one of our talented speakers Sonya Renee . Have a great week!

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Final General Body Meeting of the Semester!!

Come to the last Outstanding meeting of the semester, where we will talk about Knoxville Pride and everything that’s been going on in the last few weeks (lots of updates!). There will be pizza involved😉

When: Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 7:00pm

Where: UTK Outreach Center. 1616 Melrose Ave. Melrose F103

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Come to our first general body meeting on Monday, January 27th!

Location: Humanities, Room TBA

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Planning for 2014 OUTstanding Seminar!

Hi all! Hopefully you had an AWESOME time at OUTstanding this year. If you didn’t get a chance to fill out a survey, please e-mail us your thoughts (good, bad, eh) to If you’re interested in helping to plan OUTstanding 2014, let us know!

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Check out our beautiful display case next to Smokey’s if you’re in the University Center!

Check out our beautiful display case next to Smokey's if you're in the University Center!

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